Almost half a million euro in suspected fraud over-payments were recovered in Kerry last year.
That’s according to figures from the Department of Social Protection, revealed in a Dáil reply.
€26.7 million of these over-payments were recovered from suspected welfare cheats last year, almost €540,000 of that was in Kerry.
The largest proportion nationally was in Job Seekers Allowance, over €11 million was recovered from people who had defrauded the State in bogus entitlements.
The was followed by over €3 million each in non-contributory state pension and one-parent family fraudulent payments.
The statistics were provided by the Minister for Social Protection, Leo Varadkar in a written Dáil reply to independent Tipperary TD, Mattie McGrath.